Some books I have really enjoyed reading slowly. Some are so good that I race through them, unable to put them down; but others are so good that I just don’t want them to end.
Books in this slow category that immediately come to my mind are To a God Unknown and The Log From the Sea of Cortez both by John Steinbeck, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer, and How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers. I have a lot of “favorite” books, but these ones I recall feeling very involved in for a long period of time. I didn’t want to rush them.
I’m currently reading a book that will fall into my slowly-savored book list. It is Julia Child’s My Life in Paris. It’s exactly what you might think it is, and if you’ve ever seen the movie Julie and Julia, then you already know a lot about Mrs. Child’s life in Paris. I think that the movie definitely piqued my interest in Julia Child, and now that I’m reading her own words, I’m even more of a fan. If you love Paris — or just the idea of Paris — and you appreciate fine food, then I recommend this book to you. You’ll also like it if you like love stories. Julia and Paul’s relationship was so refreshingly uncomplicated; and it seems that they truly enjoyed each other’s company, respected one another, and were each individually satisfied with their own lives too. Paul once wrote to Julia,
“You are the butter to my bread, the breath to my life.”
Sigh. Sweet, right?
I have been enjoying reading this book in between visiting with friends, eating great food, blogging, planning my wedding, planning trips, running, doing yoga, oh and sleeping (I know — tough life). It’s so delightfully hedonistic to spend $4 on a Peet’s medium almond milk latte and enjoy it in one of their satisfyingly sturdy mugs and casually read about Julia learning the art and science of French cooking, eating in Paris’s finest restaurants, adoring her husband, galavanting around Europe, and spending time with her friends and family. What a lovely way to spend a few quiet moments!
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Have you ever read a book slowly because you loved it so much? Any recommendations?